Up Till Now: The Autobiography

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Sidgwick & Jackson, 2008 - Actors - 358 pages
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William Shatner gets the joke about William Shatner. In fact, most of the time he's the one telling it. His self-effacing attitude, so perfectly parodied in the bombastic character he now plays on Boston Legal, Denny Crane, is one of the reasons for his huge popularity. While best known for his creation of Captain James T. Kirk, commander of the starship Enterprise on Star Trek, William Shatner has been a working actor for more than half a century. He has experienced all the ups (the awards and acclaim) and the down (having to live for a time in the truck bed of his camper when he couldn't get work) that are a part of the actor's world.

In Up Till Now he tells us about his remarkable life, from training as a Shakespearan actor under Sir Tyrone Guthrie to his time on Broadway, his movie career and, of course, his successful tv series. He has worked with an extraordinary range of actors, among them Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster, Marlene Dietrich, Judy Garland, Walter Matthau, Sandra Bullock, Ben Stiller and Robert DeNiro. He also writes, with glee, about some of his less successful ventures, including Incubus , the only feature ever made entirely in Esperanto. As funny, charming and self-deprecating as the man himself, this book will delight his many fans of all ages.

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User Review  - jimocracy - LibraryThing

I'm surprised to admit this but I really enjoyed this book! "Up Till Now" is now my second favorite autobiography (after Keith Richards' "Life"). William Shattner is such a great storyteller and I ... Read full review

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User Review  - Terry Collins - Goodreads

Of all the Shatner biographies, this one is the most human. I think he's as candid as he can allow himself to be (as evidenced by the last line of his story - which I won't spoil here, but trust me ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

As well as playing Captain Kirk in the Star Trek tv series and in seven spin-off films, William Shatner starred in the popular series T.J. Hooker and recently won an Emmy and Golden Globe for his role in Boston Legal. A prolific actor, he has also worked as a musician, author, producer and director.

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